Saturday, 18 May 2013

Audrey

Last week we saw lots of special birds at Lake Macquarie. This week we just have one special bird. Audrey.

We first met Audrey back in 2001 when we spent a year living in a house right on the waterfront. It was a great year in many ways, and it was really when my interest in birds started. At one stage we noticed that there seemed to a pelican who looked injured. We rang the local wildlife rescue people to let them know, and they said "Oh Audrey? She's fine."

Twelve years later Audrey is still going fine. It's always such a thrill to see her.

Her distinctive profile is easy to spot when out for a walk
Then we found a pelican preening out the front of our holiday accommodation. I was so excited with the reflection on an idyllic calm morning, that I only realised it was Audrey when I looked at the photos later. 

Audrey's a bit like Nemo with her Lucky Wing



To me it looks like trimming your nails with garden shears

She does a great job though

She's an attractive gal 
Swimming away all preened and looking good

She groomed in the same spot a few times while we were there. It was great to see her up close.

The image quality improves markedly when you click on a photo and look at it with the lightbox.

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18 comments:

Vicki said...

So neat! When I was a teen we lived at a lake and had a duck for a pet. We named him Philbert. A few years later she her babies in our yard. We had to rename her Philberta.

Joyous Reads said...

Awww. It's always awesome to get that close to the birds. But this one is specially cool. Thanks for sharing.

Paulita said...

I didn't realize how long pelicans can live. That's very cool to see the same bird over all that time.Here's Mine

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Those birds are impressive, and I really like how you caught the reflections in the water.

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Kaye said...

WOw, she is fabulous! I love to watch pelicans. You got some wonderful shots of her.

Melissa Owens said...

Amazing pictures! I love seeing the pelican reflected in the water, too. Great job capturing it!!

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Eugenia O'Neal said...

Those are some great shots! Here's wishing Audrey a long life!

rippleeffects said...

Amazing shots! Beautiful bird and beautiful backdrop. I have yet to see a pelican myself.

Frances Stiles said...

Beautiful photos! What an interesting story, too. Thanks for sharing it.

Christine Harding said...

Lovely pictures and story about a beautiful bird - I love that shot with her reflection in the water. My Snapshot is at http://goo.gl/vsILU

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

She is gorgeous! It's great that you got to see her again. And I love that she has a name.

Irene said...

I wasn't interested in birds until Saturday Snapshots, now I'm looking at birds. Audrey is lovely.

Brona Joy said...

What a lovely story Louise.

Your close-up shots are stunning - so clear. The reflections in the water just add to the whole effect :-)

Esme said...

she is a lovely bird.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Audrey looks like quite a character♫ Glad you got to know her....my SS: http://lauriekazmierczak.com/rockie-rollers-ride-again/

Martha Eskuchen said...

How remarkable to find her still well after so many years. Must have felt good.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Just amazing photos!
What an experience.. and so close to nature.
A bit envious here...

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Love the photos best that include her shadow.